The Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for children’s emotional well-being when she attended an education forum.
Kate is patron of school-based mental health charity Place2Be, which held the event for headteachers in London’s Canary Wharf.
Its theme was resilience and emotional strength, with speakers addressing the challenges faced by children and young people.
Kate was wearing a navy blue pleated skirt by Orla Kiely and a matching jacket by MaxMara as she arrived at the offices of Clifford Chance for the event.
She also wore gloves to protect against the cold, with the wind whipping up as she entered the building.
Sensibly given the inclement and blustery conditions, Kate had her hair half-up, with dark tights, heels and drop earrings completing the look.
Nine-year-old Tierney Potter, a pupil at St Edmund’s School in Tower Hamlets, presented Kate with a posy of cream and white roses before leading her to meet the rest of her classmates.
The primary school pupils greeted her with a chorus of “hello”, and she spent a moment chatting to them before entering the forum.
Bonita Refson, chief executive of Place2Be, introduced the Duchess to the event, saying she was “delighted” to be joined by the royal, who became patron of the charity in April.
She told Kate: “Thank you for sharing our passionate belief that early intervention in children’s well-being and mental health really does matter.”
Kate, sitting in the front row, paid close attention to what was being said about how the charity helps children to have the best start in life.
The Duchess listened to speeches by clinician and broadcaster Professor Tanya Byron, who addressed the issue of cyber-bullying and how young people can stay safe online, and Professor Stephen Scott from King’s College London, who discussed helping parents to raise well-adjusted children.
Ms Refson said of the Duchess’s visit: “It was both a huge honour and pleasure to welcome the Duchess to our forum today.
“We truly value her shared passion and commitment to supporting children’s mental health.
“Life can be tough for children for all sorts of reasons – from entrenched issues such as neglect and abuse, through to facing family breakdown and loss – and it’s critical that children have someone to turn to, who will listen.
“The main role of teachers is to educate children and help them achieve their full potential.
“However their dedication extends beyond purely academic results to the overall well-being and mental health of their pupils and their families, as is clear from their presence at the forum today.”
Place2Be supports 75,000 children in more than 200 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the UK. The issues it helps children to deal with include bullying, bereavement and family breakdown.